No. 3 Florida State lost on Saturday, as N.C. State pulled off an astonishing comeback to upset the Seminoles, 17-16, sending FSU tumbling from the ranks of college football's unbeaten. The Seminoles led 16-0 at halftime, but it was all Wolfpack in the second half.
Florida State dominated the first two quarters, but had to settle for three field goals on early drives. Dustin Hopkins opened the scoring with a 49-yard field goal before E.J. Manuel connected with Nick O'Leary to make it 10-0. Hopkins added field goals of 20 and 36 yards for the Seminoles to close first-half scoring.
The Wolfpack got on the board in the third quarter, as Niklas Sade hit a 27-yard field goal to make the score 16-3. N.C. State added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Mike Glennon found Shadrach Thornton for for a 24-yard touchdown that cut the Seminoles lead to just six.
Florida State's defense made it difficult for the Wolfpack for the rest of the 4th quarter, but a blocked punt with 2:34 to go set N.C. State up with fantastic field position. A pass interference call would see the Wolfpack advanced to the 14-yard line, followed by a 12-yard pass from Glennon to create a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. Still, it took four tries for N.C. State to capitalize, as Glennon would find Brian Underwood on fourth and goal for the game-tying touchdown and game-winning extra point.
Box Score Hero: N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon threw for 266 yards in the upset, leading the Wolfpack on the game-winning drive in the last two minutes.
Rankings Ramifications: Previously-undefeated Florida State will be dropping quite a bit after losing on Saturday night. Their national title hopes are severely damaged.
But Did They Cover? The Seminoles were favored by 17, so they did not cover. The over/under was set at 54 points, and the two teams scored a combined 33 points.
Next Week's Schedule: The Seminoles will be at home on Oct. 13 to face Boston College in ACC play. The Wolfpack have a bye next weekend and will head to Maryland on Oct. 20.